Gummy Bear Breast Implants in Brooklyn

Because breasts play such a large role in our femininity, women in Brooklyn understand that being self-conscious about their breasts can have a negative impact on their self-esteem. Many of these women may consider breast augmentation, a surgical procedure which uses implants to enhance the size and shape of their breasts.

Breast Augmentation using gummy bear implants, also known as “cohesive gel implants”, can help to make your breasts look more youthful and feminine. Gummy bear implants are a favorite among women in Brooklyn because they have a soft, pliable texture that does not leak or change shape. Gummy bear implants provide an additional option for Brooklyn women who are considering saline or silicone breast implants.

Dr. Nina Naidu, a board-certified plastic surgeon, notes that breast augmentation using gummy bear implants is particularly popular among women whose breasts have decreased in size secondary to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Gummy bear implants are also used to enhance body proportion and correct breast asymmetry caused by genetics, injury or illness. Gummy bear implants are an excellent way to attain natural-looking breasts that will retain a youthful, feminine silhouette.

Deciding to Have Gummy Bear Implants in Brooklyn

For many of Dr. Naidu’s Brooklyn patients, the decision to have breast augmentation is as much about their breasts as it is abut self-confidence. Dr. Naidu’s Brooklyn patients are making a decision to feel more feminine and confident about their bodies. Because gummy bear implants look natural, retain their shape, and will not leak, they are an excellent option to help you regain your feminine aesthetic.

What are gummy bear breast implants?

Gummy bear implants were approved by the FDA in 2013 as an additional option for women in Brooklyn who have had saline and silicone gel implants available for many years. he silicone gel within these implants is cross-linked, stabilizing their form.  As a result, gummy bear implants do not lose their shape and do not leak. Most of our Brooklyn patients believe that gummy bear implants feel very much like natural breast tissue.

Advantages of gummy bear implants in Brooklyn

There are several advantages to gummy bear implants. First of all, although they may rupture, they do not leak secondary to their cohesive gel.

Second, the structure of the gummy bear implants makes them less likely to wrinkle or ripple than traditional implants. This is an issue for Brooklyn women who are slim and small-breasted, as well as women who have congenital breast defects or have undergone a mastectomy.

Third, gummy bear implants have an anatomic, or teardrop shape, and are therefore ideal in patients with less native breast tissue. This is especially true for women in Brooklyn who have undergone mastectomy.

Finally, the textured outer shell of the gummy bear implant helps to hold the implant in position so that it is less likely to rotate.

Disadvantages of gummy bear implants in Brooklyn

Gummy bear implants are currently only available in a limited number of shapes and sizes. They are more anatomical, natural looking implants which may not be ideal if you seek a more obvious, augmented look. Gummy bear implants also require a slightly larger incision than traditional silicone implants and are more expensive than traditional implants.

Although most women in Brooklyn like the feel of gummy bear implants, some find that they are too firm. Dr. Naidu has samples of all types of implants, and will help you decide if gummy bear implants are the right choice for your augmentation.

Am I a good candidate for gummy bear implants in Brooklyn?

You are a good candidate for gummy bear implants if you are looking for a natural, anatomical-looking result from your augmentation. Gummy bear implants are particularly beneficial for women who do not have a lot of breast tissue – either because you are slim and small-breasted or because you require reconstruction. You must be in good health and over the age of 22.

Good candidates for Gummy Bear Implants in Brooklyn

The first part of breast augmentation with gummy bear implants is a comprehensive consultation in our NYC office. Dr. Naidu will get to know you, the reason for your augmentation, and your aesthetic goals. For many women, breast augmentation enhances femininity by repairing a congenital defect, returning to their pre-pregnancy bodies, or by reconstructing their breasts following a mastectomy.

If you plan to become pregnant or breastfeed in the future, Dr. Naidu will explain the impact that motherhood will have on your breasts, so that you can make an informed decision about augmentation with gummy bear implants.

During your consultation, you will need to tell Dr. Naidu about your medical history and your use of medications, nicotine and/or alcohol. Dr. Naidu will conduct a physical examination of your skin and the soft tissue of your breasts. She will measure the base width of your breasts and the amount of existing breast tissue. These measurements will determine the optimal size and location of your implants.

Pre-operative photographs are taken at this visit. These photographs are an important part of your surgical planning and are considered part of your medical record. They will never be shown to other patients without your written permission.

At the end of the consultation, Dr. Naidu let you know if you are a good candidate for gummy bear implants. She will educate you about your augmentation options and answer your questions. Dr. Naidu wants you to make an informed decision about gummy bear breast implants and she will not pressure you to schedule the procedure.

Preparing for Gummy Bear Implant Surgery in Brooklyn

If you decide to proceed with gummy bear breast implant surgery, you will have a second consultation with Dr. Naidu in our NYC office. At this appointment, any additional questions will be answered and your photos will be reviewed. Your operative plan will be discussed in greater detail. She will let you know the length of your surgery, the location of your incisions, and what to expect during your recovery. You will also complete the necessary paperwork for the surgery at this visit.

Dr. Naidu will help you choose the best shape and volume of gummy bear implants to achieve your goals. This decision is based on the measurements of your breasts, the amount of existing breast tissue, and your body frame. Dr. Naidu has a large variety of sizers available so that you can see how you will look following the augmentation.

Depending on your medical history, Dr. Naidu may advise you to discontinue certain medications prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you must not smoke for eight weeks before or after the surgery. If you are over the age of 35 or have a family history of breast cancer, you will need to have a screening mammogram prior to your breast augmentation surgery. For your safety, Dr. Naidu may also order additional screening tests.

Should I Choose Gummy Bear Implants for Breast Augmentation in Brooklyn?

The success of your breast augmentation surgery depends on choosing the best implant type, style, size and location for your body. Dr. Naidu will help make these crucial decisions based on the measurements of your breasts, the amount of existing breast tissue, your aesthetic goals, and your body frame.

One of the advantages of gummy bear implants is that they provide additional volume to the upper portion of the breast. As a result, they are commonly used for our Brooklyn reconstruction patients who have lost much of this tissue due to surgery, injury or congenital conditions.

The ideal position for your gummy bear breast implants depends mainly on the size of the implants and your anatomy. Dr. Naidu recommends placing the implant beneath the muscle and breast tissue (a dual plane placement). Dr. Naidu will advise you which shape is best for you.

How is Gummy Bear Breast Implant Surgery Performed?

Your breast augmentation surgery with cohesive gel implants will take approximately 45-60 minutes, and is performed in a NYC ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Naidu prefers using general anesthesia so that you will be completely safe and comfortable during the surgery. The evening prior to surgery, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight. This ensures that you have an empty stomach prior to surgery, which is very important for your safety.

You will meet with Dr. Naidu immediately before your breast augmentation. She will make several marks on your breasts for use during surgery, as well as answer any additional questions that you may have.

Dr. Naidu uses an infra-mammary incision to place gummy bear implants.  Implants are inserted into a pocket created behind the pectoralis muscle. Incisions are brought together using layers of sutures and small dressings are applied.

Recovery from Gummy Bear Breast Implant Surgery in Brooklyn

After being carefully monitored following surgery, you will be allowed to return home the same day. You must have someone to drive you home and stay with you overnight. During this time you will be permitted to perform light activities around the house, but you should avoid strenuous activity for two weeks. Many of Dr. Naidu’s patients are very independent and are reluctant to ask for help. However, some degree of post-surgical assistance will be required. We strongly recommend that you create a plan to take care of yourself and your family, so that you can focus on your recovery.

Immediately following surgery, your chest and arms will feel tight. However, you will be able to return to normal activity sooner if you follow Dr. Naidu’s specific instructions about arm exercises which should begin the evening after your surgery.

Dr. Naidu will give you specific instructions to follow after your surgery. She will give you a prescription for pain management, as well as instructions about how to take care of your incisions. Swelling may persist for up to three weeks following your augmentation.

Many of our patients report very little pain, although the experience of pain varies widely. You may also experience bruising, swelling, and tenderness in your breasts which should resolve in several days.

Complications of Gummy Bear Implants in Brooklyn

During your consultation, Dr. Naidu will explain the risks of breast augmentation so that you can make an informed decision about this surgery. As with other surgeries, the risks of breast augmentation include bleeding, infection and scarring. Specific risks of breast augmentation include capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant) and implant rupture.

Complications from breast augmentation can be reduced by carefully following your pre-operative and post-operative instructions.

How much do Gummy Bear Implants cost in Brooklyn?

Breast augmentation is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by health insurance. Please call our NYC office at 212-452-1230 and we will be happy to provide information about the cost of breast augmentation.

Gummy bear implants are often used for breast reconstruction. The Women’s Health Act of 1998 requires group and individual health insurance plans that cover mastectomy to also cover breast reconstruction surgery. This includes reconstruction of the breast on which mastectomy has been performed; surgery and reconstruction on the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance; and implants. If you are considering gummy bear implants for reconstruction, our office is happy to work with you and your health insurance company.

You will be provided with the exact cost of your procedure following your consultation with Dr. Naidu.

Choosing Dr. Naidu for Gummy Bear Implants in Brooklyn

Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast comprise a large part of Dr. Naidu’s surgical practice. She has a special interest in breast augmentation and in reconstruction of the tuberous breast. Since 2006, Dr. Naidu has served as a clinical investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-Up Studies (BIFS) trials. She offers her patients the full range of breast implants.

Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Schedule a Gummy Bear Implant Consultation

Our office is located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC, easily accessible from Brooklyn by car, cab or public transportation. If you’d like to learn more about gummy bear implants – and whether they are right for you – please call our office at 212-452-1230 and schedule an appointment.


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